Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program. It is an annual training open to youth 8-21 years of age and focuses on food safety, animal well-being, and life skill development. For further details, please contact your local extension office or visit the program website, To register for training, create a user account here. The program transitioned to a new platform in March of 2022 and is now independent of 4HOnline. Families who had certified prior to that date will need to create an account on the new platform to register and complete their training for 2022-2023.

As of June 1, 2018, the Youth PQA Plus program has been retired and users are being transitioned to YQCA. The National Pork Board will honor Youth PQA Plus certifications until they expire, but new certifications will no longer be issued. Youth are encouraged to use YQCA if they need livestock quality assurance training.


Help Documents

Web-based Certification Instructions

Instructor-led Certification Instructions (face-to-face class)

Test Out Certification Instructions (only available for youth 12 and 15 years of age on Jan. 1)

Certificate Saving & Printing Instructions



Purchasing Coupons


State Show Requirement Information

Kansas YQCA Requirement Flyer

Kansas YQCA Requirement Family Memo (2023)


Lexie Hayes
Animal Sciences and Industry
Kansas State University
214 Weber Hall
Manhattan, KS  66506
Phone: 785-532-1264
Fax: 785-532-7059

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